Ewan two from two, ORICA-GreenEDGE three from three at Jayco Herald Sun TourSat 7 Feb 2015
Neo-pro sprinter Caleb Ewan has claimed his second consecutive victory at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour this afternoon.
The victory is the third in as many stages for ORICA-GreenEDGE following Cameron Meyer’s win on the first stage.
Finishing safely in the bunch, despite a nervous day littered with crashes, Meyer also retained his race lead going into the final day of racing on the Mornington Peninsula tomorrow.
It was a case of déjà vu for Ewan. The 20-year-old was again too strong in the bunch kick crossing the line ahead of Tyler Farrar on the stage three finish, a mirror of that of the previous day, in Nagambie.
“Same finish line and same result, I am really happy with both of them,” Ewan said.
“It played out a little differently. It was pretty hectic in the final with the big wide road.
“I think I was just in front of (the crashes) so luckily again today I missed them.
“I didn’t know what to think coming into the last corner because yesterday I was the first sprinter out of there and today I was a few sprinters back. It worked out actually alright, I got a pretty good lead out.”
It was another day of defense for ORICA-GreenEDGE, former track world champion Meyer started the day in yellow with a four second advantage and the aim was to keep it that way. Mission accomplished.
The action was fierce to make the early break with a promise of winds providing hope that it may survive to the finish.
It was not to be with a group of six escapees kept under control and brought back before the final run into the line.
Reigning champion Simon Clarke was one of a number of riders to go down in crashes throughout the day, but has avoided any major injury.
“There was a lot of nervous guys out there,” Meyer said
“I don’t know what it was… They wanted to keep the break in check, that’s for sure and they definitely wanted a sprint finish. A lot of teams were very eager and I think that caused quite a few crashes out there.
“I think he (Clarke) will be alright. He is a really professional rider. It’s only 120km and I think you will see Simon Clarke dig in deep tomorrow.”
Tomorrow’s final stage in the Mornington Peninsula is crucial for general classification contenders. Riders will tackle the grueling Arthur Seat climb on three occasions, including for the finale.
“I feel good,” Meyer said. “I got through the last two days relatively unscathed and without doing much.”
“I feel like I have spent as less energy as I could and I should be right to go tomorrow.
“I think it will be a tactical race, yellow is definitely first priority and if the stage is there to be taken well I will definitely sprint for that.”